The news about Saab of late has all been about the takeover of Saab by Koenigsegg. But all that will be pointless unless Saab has decent product to offer; product that offers true Saab values for the prospective car buyer. So the Saab 9-5 is an important car for Saab. We had what looked like the first official pictures of the 2010 Saab 9-5 last month, and we now have a set of pictures that turned up on Autobild – which are clearly the real deal – and confirm the pictures we ran last month were accurate.
The new Saab 9-5 is a handsome looking car – very ‘Saab’. Based on a sorted version of GM’s Epsilon II platform (despite the Koenigsegg move GM at the core will be the deal for some time to come), it offers good cabin space and a decent sized boot. But it looks different from the crowd – a huge plus. It has the trademark Saab feel about it – a feel of the old Saab 900s comes through. The nose is aggressive and confident and the greenhouse tapers back in a coupe-style form towards a short, tapered rear deck.
Inside the cabin is typically Saab ‘Cockpit’. Liberal use of gloss black, heavily bolstered seats and a chunky steering wheel make the cabin very contemporary – a good, modern interpretation of the traditional Saab interior.
Expect the new Saab 9-5 to spawn a smart looking Estate version as well as this saloon, and offer engines including three turbo charged engines – a 1.6 litre, a 2.0 litre and 2.8 litre V6.
Now these leaked official pictures are in the ether it seems likely Saab will bite the bullet and release the information officially pretty quickly. More detail then.
The new Saab 9-5 is due to reveal officially at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Saab 9-5 (2010) Leaked Photo Image Gallery